Family History Books Archives

Book of the Month – December

The Society’s December Book of the Month will make a lovely Christmas present for anyone interested in family and social history, or  indeed anybody with an interest in the history of fashion. How to get the most from Family Pictures by Jayne Shrimpton is a beautifully illustrated guide to dating family photographs, paintings, drawings and silhouettes from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries. Jayne Shrimpton has over 20 years experience in dating and analysing family pictures, so if you’ve been wondering when those mysterious family photographs may possibly date from, this is the book for you. How to get the most from Family Pictures is available with a discount of 20% off the retail price throughout December, and the offer is availabe to Society of Genealogists members in addition to their existing members discount. You can buy our book of the month, along with the full range Society of Genealogists publications, in our bookshop at 14 Charterhouse Buildings, and online at

Offer ends 31/12/11 and does not appy to trade orders.



Society of Genealogists publishes its first ebook…

The Society of Genealogists is delighted to make My Ancestor was a Royal Marine by Ken Divall available as our first ebook. The ebook is now available to download for Kindle users through Amazon, price £5.69, or $9.14 if you are in the USA. There will be further Society of Genealogists ebooks made available in the coming months, and we’ll keep you informed as and when these become available.

Book of the Month – November

November is a time of remembrance, when many people’s thoughts turn to their military ancestors and the Society of Genealogists is offering My Ancestor was in the British Army by Michael and Christopher Watts as our book of the month for November. Members and non-members alike can enjoy a 20% discount on the price of this comprehensive guide to British Army records during November. This book is an aid to family historians tracing ancestors who served in the British Army from 1660 up until World War Two. Members can take advantage of this offer in addition to their existing member’s discount, but unfortunately the offer is not available on trade orders. My Ancestor was in the British Army is available from the Society of Genealogists bookshop and online at


Offer ends 30/11/11




October Book of the Month – Society of Genealogists, a Century of Family History

The centenary celebrations of the Society of Genealogists continue apace in October, with the Centenary Lecture given by Patric Dickinson, President of the Society, at the Swedenborg Institute on the 18th of the month. In addition, we are delighted to offer our commemorative publication, Society of Genealogists – a century of family history, as our book of the month for October. This is a great opportunity to purchase this wonderful retrospective of the society’s first 100 years at a discounted price throughout the month of October. Our book of the month is available at £18 to members, and £20 to non-members from the society’s bookshop, and online at

This offer ends on 31/10/11 and does not apply to trade orders.

My Ancestor was a Studio Photographer

Newly published by the Society of Genealogists, My Ancestor was a Studio Photographer, by Robert Pols is a new book  written to assist in the research of ancestors who were engaged in commercial studio photography. Photography was very much a growth industry in the Victorian era, with 6000 entries on the PhotoLondon database for phographers in the London area alone between 1841 and 1901. This book will help family historians and researchers in locating sources relating to these uniquely skilled ancestors. The book also suggests places to search for surviving examples of the work produced by these photographers.

After a career in further education and industrial journalism, Robert Pols now writes about early photographs and photography. The Author of several books on the subject, he also contributes a regular Photo Detective feature to Family History Monthly magazine.

My Ancestor was a Studio Photographer is available from the Society of Genealogists bookshop and online at, price £9.99.


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